Cabinet approves new Tanzania’s envoy

On 15 July 2021 at 07:56

The cabinet meeting of 14th July 2021 chaired by President Paul Kagame has approved Major General Richard Mutayoba Makanzo as High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania to Rwanda with residence in Kigali.

Makanzo replaces Ernest Jumbe Mangu who has been representing his country to Rwanda since 2018.

Major General Makanzo previously served as Tanzania Navy Commander.

Rwanda and Tanzania enjoy cordial relations and cooperation in the areas of politics, infrastructure, economy and security.

Tanzania is considered a major development partner where over 70% of Rwanda’s imports and exports are transited through.

Both countries have a joint mega project to build ‘Isaka-Kigali’, a 532-kilometer railway expected to be completed at a cost of USD $ 3.6 billion.

The project is much anticipated between both countries especially for Rwanda as a landlocked nation.

The long awaited railway linking to Rwanda to neighboring countries is expected to give relief to traders catering for expensive cost of land cargo transport.

The railway on Rwandan side will follow the lowland through Ngoma, Kirehe, Bugesera and Kicukuro districts.

Sources reveal that Rwanda is required at to pay US$4,990 per single container carrying 25,400 kgs. Once completed, the railway anticipates reduced transport costs by 40% hence positively impacting on Rwanda’s imports and exports.

Among others, the project will be impactful particularly for Rwandan traders considering the fact that 70% of Rwanda’s imported or exported cargos are transited through Dar es Salaam Port.

Discussions for the construction of Isaka-Kigali railway began in 2000 but implementation phase had not yet materialized until 2015 when late President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli took office.

Agreements to construct the 532-railway initially expected to be completed at a cost of US$ $ 3.6 billion were signed on 9th March 2018.

On the side of Rwanda, the 532-km railway will pass through Rusumo border to Kigali city (at headquarters of Dubai Ports in Kicukiro). There will be an extra 18-km part of the railway leading to Bugesera International Airport.

The railway on the side of Rwanda will be 138 km with the rest of 394 being on Tanzania side.

Of the total US$ $3.6 billion estimated cost; Tanzania shall meet US$ 2.3 billion while USD $ 1.3 billion is required on Rwanda side.

Major General Makanzo previously served as Tanzania Navy Commander.